Hawker Beechcraft Opening Service Center at KIWA

Aero-News reported yesterday on Hawker Beechcraft’s announcement of their plans to open a $14M service facility at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA), formerly known as Williams Gateway Airport.

See the story at: http://www.aero-news.net/news/commbus.cfm?ContentBlockID=d710a628-84cf-4c53-95fe-1377bb13a864&Dynamic=1

IWA is quickly becoming something of a center for corporate aviation service… Cessna is already well into the construction of their Citation Service Center on the field as is Embraer.  Intel has their corporate shuttle terminal there as well.

Even Mesa’s MD Helicopters currently based at Falcon Field (KFFZ) is being courted by the airport to move manufacturing facilities to the former air force base.  MD has been searching for a possible new home as lease rates have increased at FFZ in recent years. 

Local officials always seem to highlight the airport for airline service, but I think the strong point for the rebirth of the former military base lies in its ability to capture manufacturing and maintenance operations. No other airport in the Phoenix metro really has the space or accessibility that Gateway has with the exception of Goodyear.  I don’t think IWA will make a name for itself with low-cost airfare to Las Vegas or the occasional budget carrier flight… their strength is in their wide open spaces and three massive runways for flight test operations and the like.

I am excited to see what else is around the corner for the airport!

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